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Offering a balance of theory and practice, Distributed Systems shows how algorithmic aspects of distributed computing relate to the real world and addresses fundamental issues in distributed systems. This book provides coverage of new topics in the field, including sensor networks and peer-to-peer networks, and presents background and foundational material as well as important paradigms that play a pivotal role in the design of many distributed systems. The author introduces faults and various techniques for fault tolerance. With a set of exercises featured in each chapter, this text emphasizes underlying theory and real world issues to provide readers with a thorough understanding of this subject.